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Old 02-01-2004, 11:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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What is the difference between the two? I know the mounting is different and they look different but which is better? Better to tow with a 5th or goose? What are the pros and cons?

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Old 02-02-2004, 01:04 AM   #2 (permalink)
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It depends on the application. If your talking travel trailer, fifth wheel, I don't think I have seen a goose neck travel trailer.


For a work trailer, for horses and farm use, goose neck seems to be the most common.
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I have had both. I prefer the gooseneck. I have a short box truck and needed extra cab clearance for my fifth wheel. I welded on an extension and gooseneck hitch on my trailer. With the turnover ball hitch I don't have all the hardware in the bed of my truck.
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What is the difference between the two? I know the mounting is different and they look different but which is better? Better to tow with a 5th or goose? What are the pros and cons?

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IIRC, the B&W turnover ball gooseneck hitch can be used for either. I think they make an attachment to use a 5th hitch with the turnover ball hitch.
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You are right!!!! Redneck Trailer Supply sells the "Companion" for around $550.00.
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I have the "companion" for my B&W hitch. I went to etrailers and bought a $100.00 kingpin barrel to replace the "ball" barrel on the GN utility trailer. This way I always use the "5th" wheel plate and feel its a better, safer hook up than the ball method (no safety chains required). Not that the ball method is bad, but IMHO 10k 18 wheelers cant be wrong. can they? AkDually61
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I agree with AkDually61, it looks and feels safer. Also check with your Motor Vehicle Dept., in Missouri you can get a permanent tag for any trailer with a two inch pin (5th wheel).
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Ok, so they are both the same... But fifth is usually found on campers and goose on horse trailers. Isn't there better shock absorbing using the fifth wheel? as opposed to the gooseneck?? Better ride in a fifth wheel for a trailer and its internal items, right? So can you get a fifth wheel on a car type trailer? Is there a difference in turning radius and angles before hitting the bed rails between the two??

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Id look at the rated capasty if i were you guys. The goose neck is always rated higher than the 5th wheel the 5th wheel used on pickups are nothing compared to the ones used on simis. I did see a Semi 5th wheel mounted on a pickup one time and they were pulling a 20' hopper bottom grain trayler with it.
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On a fifth wheel hitch the load is spread out over a wide area instead of only on the ball as in a gooseneck. New 5er hitches pivot side to side and front to back, making for easier unlevel hook-up and release. You can get 5er hitches rated over 30k pounds. Easy choice in my opinion.
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